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POLAR VIKING
Pictured as the John Brix (Kirby Corporation) Photo by: Rick Wilson

Built in 1963, by Southern Shipbuilding of Slidell, Louisiana (hull #58) as the Albert J. for Midland Enterprises Incorporated of Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1974, the tug was chartered by Northland Marine Services of Seattle, Washington. Where she was renamed as the Polar Viking.

In 1977, the charter with Northland Marine Services ended. And, the tug was returned to Midland Enterprises of Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1978, she was "bareboat" chartered to the Moran Towing Company of New York, New York. Where she was renamed as the Betty Moran.

While under charter, the tug towed Liberty Ships that had been converted to coal barges. Along the east coast of the United States. Under a charter to Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates of Boston, Massachusetts.

In 1974, the charter with the Moran Towing Company ended. The tug was returned to Midland Enterprises Incorporated of Cincinnati, Ohio. Where she was renamed as the Polar Viking

In 1961, Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates of Boston, Massachusetts had acquired Midland Enterprises. As well as the operating subsidiary, the Ohio River Company. Eastern Gas acquired the T-Wharf Towing Company of Boston, Massachusetts. Which, under their ownership. Became the Boston Towboat Company of Boston, Massachusetts.

In 1975, the tug was chartered by the Boston Towboat Company of Boston, Massachusetts. Where she initially retained her name. However, later in 1976. The tug was renamed as the Ocean Gulf.

In 1976, the tug was returned to Midland Enterprises Incorporated of Cincinnati, Ohio. Where the tug was renamed as the Polar Viking.

In 1983, the tug was acquired by the Knappton Towboat Company of Portland, Oregon. Where she was renamed as the John Brix. The Knappton Towboat Company would later become the Brix Maritime Company of Seattle, Washington.

However, the tug was transferred to SeaCoast Transportation of Seattle, Washington. Which was a non union oil and gravel subsidy of the Brix Maritime Company.

In 1993, the Brix Maritime Company was acquired by Foss Maritime Company of Seattle, Washington. Where the tug retained her name. However, the John Brix remained under the ownership of SeaCoast Transportation.

In 2007, SeaCoast Transportation was acquired by K-Sea Transportation Partnership of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2011, the K-Sea Transportation Partnership was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

She was originally powered by two, twelve cylinder, Fairbanks Morse Opposed Piston diesel engines. With Philadelphia reverse/reduction gears at a ratio of 5.78:1. Turning two, four bladed, 156(in) by 114(in), fixed pitch propellers. The tug was repowered with two, EMD 16-645E2 diesel engines. For a rated 3,900 horsepower.

The tug's electrical service is provided by two, 60kW generator sets. Her capacities are 100,650 gallons of fuel, and 80,836 of ballast. Her towing equipment consists of a single drum Markey towing winch. Outfitted with 2,000(ft) of 2.75(in) towing wire.
(Captain Chris Roehrig, Captain Ron Greger, Captain Ric Shrewsbury)


  • Vessel Name: POLAR VIKING
  • USCG Doc. No.: 293323
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 6407834
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDC7500
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 58
  • Ship Builder: SOUTHERN SHIPBUILDING CORPORATION
  • Year Built: 1963
  • Length: 136.1
  • Hailing Port: SEATTLE, WA.
  • Hull Depth: 12.1
  • Hull Breadth: 35
  • Gross Tonnage: 194
  • Net Tonnage: 132
  • Owner:
    KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE PACIFIC LLC
    2700 W COMMODORE WAY
    SEATTLE, WA 98199-1264
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Albert J., Polar Viking, Betty Moran, Polar Viking, Ocean Gulf
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Midland Enterprises Inc, Northland Marine Services, Moran Towing Co., Midland Enterprises Inc., Boston Towboat Co., Knappton Towboat Co., Brix Maritime Co., PACIFIC LOGISTICS INC, SEA COAST TRANSPORTATION LLC, K-SEA TRANSPORTATION LLC, K-SEA TRANSPORTATION LLC